Mark L. Weiss is retired director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division, within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Earlier at NSF he served as senior science adviser and as deputy assistant direct or of the Directorate. Dr. Weiss also served as assistant director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
Formerly, he was professor and chair of the department of anthropology at Wayne State University, where he also served three rotations as an NSF program officer and director of Anthropology. Weiss' research expertise is in the application of genetic approaches to the study of nonhuman primate evolution and behavior.
During his career he served on several interagency groups, including as NSF’s representative to the White House’s Committee on Sciences’ Subcommittee on Forensic Science. He was a commissioner on the Department of Justice-National Institute for Science and Technology’s National Commission on Forensic Science. He was also a member of the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Human Factors for Homeland and National Security.
Dr. Weiss received a Ph.D. in physical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.